South Australia PCH


Paediatric training in South Australia is run by a state-wide network. The network is made up of supervisors who represent each of the paediatric training hospitals, including:

  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
  • Lyell McEwin Hospital
  • Flinders Medical Centre

The Basic Training in Paediatrics & Child Health (PCH) program is 3 years, and rotations occur through:

  • general paediatrics
  • neonatology
  • paediatric emergency
  • medical sub-specialties.

Basic Training in PCH is the start of the minimum 6-year training program to become a Paediatrician. During training, you:

  • experience working in diverse medical specialties within PCH
  • complete training rotations with a range of hospitals and health services
  • build on the clinical knowledge and skills gained during your medical degree to develop the professional qualities, attitudes and behaviours you need to become a competent physician.

Once you're training in South Australia, you can apply for a secondment to train in the Northern Territory.

Recruitment campaign

Recruitment for paediatric training in South Australia is via the Women's and Children's Health Network and is open to Postgraduate Year 3 and beyond.

The network panel negotiates site allocations of successful candidates by considering their training and the hospital’s service needs.

Completing Basic Training program in PCH

Once you complete Basic Training, you’re eligible to apply for an Advanced Training position in a PCH specialty.

After completing both Basic and Advanced Training, you’ll be eligible to register to practice as a specialist physician in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.


To be eligible to apply for basic training, you must hold general registration with the Medical Board of Australia and be eligible for registration with RACP.


To apply, you need to provide a CV, cover letter and referees.

Applications for positions in SA must be completed online via SA Health careers.

Applications for first year entry into the College's Basic Training in Paediatrics & Child Health program are considered for the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.


Heads of General Medicine and Directors of Physician Education (DPEs) will represent each Local Health Network on the state-wide selection panel.

If you're shortlisted for interview, you need to demonstrate:

  • why you would like the training position
  • why you have applied specifically for BPT
  • what challenges training may present to you
  • how this position will contribute to your future career goals.

The interview gives you the opportunity to prove you have:

  • the ability to tackle clinical, ethical, and professional challenges relevant to the role of a first-year basic trainee
  • relevant knowledge of SA Health, local health services, community, and public health systems
  • maturity and ability to reflect on your own practice and learning
  • a well-rounded approach to your own education and ability to maintain work-life balance despite the challenges of a demanding training program.
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